Bohol is a beautiful province, home to diverse landscapes, white sand beaches and friendly locals. All these make the island an ideal place to visit. If you’re still unconvinced about planning a trip to Bohol, here are some reasons that will make you pack your bags and go.
Bohol is famous for its picturesque, magazine spread-worthy beaches and you’ll find one in many different parts of the province. The most popular ones are in Panglao Island which is where you’ll also find several budget to luxury accommodations, tour agencies and restaurants for all types of travelers. This makes Panglao an ideal stop for both first-timers and repeat visitors.
Alona Beach is the most famous one, its fine, white sand and turquoise waters providing the perfect environment to laze around and think about the rest of your itinerary during your stay in Bohol.
Dumaluan Beach is bigger than Alona but has the same white, powdery sand and glass-like waters. If you want a bit more seclusion, visit Momo Beach which doesn’t just have fine sand and cool waters but is a good place to catch the sunset too.
Bohol has many other beaches that are less developed and less frequented by people. You can discover them on your own while riding a motorcycle or taking public transport if you have time to spare.
Bohol’s beaches are beautiful not just on the surface. Below the mirror-like waters, you’ll find a vibrant and colorful ecosystem. One of the best places to go snorkeling in the province is in Balicasag which you can reach by going on a short boat trip and then transferring to a smaller one that will take you to the snorkeling and swimming area.
Once there, you’ll spend an hour so swimming in the water to look at the multi-colored fish and corals that come in various shapes and sizes. If you’re part of a group tour, the package will most likely include dolphin watching and a short trip to Virgin Island Sandbar.
The Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are probably the most iconic attraction in the province, so much so that it’s synonymous to Bohol. Your trip would be incomplete without a stop at this destination. The mounds of cone-shaped hills are picture perfect, however, you have to visit during the right season to see them at their brownest.
Aside from the Chocolate Hills, another famous icon of the province is the tiny tarsier. These creatures, locally known as mamag, will charm you with their big beady eyes. It may seem like they don’t do much, but they’re actually great climbers and jumpers thanks to their long hands, legs, and feet.
When visiting the sanctuary, avoid taking pictures with flash and making loud noises as these bother the animals.
As a former colony of Spain, the Philippines has many landmarks that are reminiscent of that era, some of which include churches that are decades or even centuries old. History buffs will enjoy visiting these areas after exploring the beaches and the Chocolate Hills.
Bohol has a handful of colonial era churches with a distinctly Spanish design that are still in use today. You can also find the Blood Compact Site in the province which commemorates the validation of agreement and friendship between Datu Sikatuna and the Spaniard Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.
Other than beautiful white sand beaches, Bohol has a handful of waterfalls that you can bathe in. One of which is the Dimiao Falls that has a turquoise pool and tiered cascades that you can climb. Stay under it for a shower and a natural massage. It takes a short trek through a dirt road to get to the waterfalls. This is the ideal place to cool down and relax for a few hours after exploring the province and nearby attractions.
Bohol also has a few caves that you can explore and swim in during your trip, one of which is the Hinagdanan Cave. It may be small in size, but it is still worth a visit. It has chandelier-like stalactites that come in different shapes and sizes. It also has a pool with cool water which you can swim in if you’re feeling hot. On top of that, you should try finding the hole that lets light seeps through and take pictures under it.
Bohol isn’t just about the sun, sand and beautiful beaches. It also has extreme activities for the adventurous. You can visit the Danao Adventure Park and get your adrenaline fix by trying the Suislide zipline, the Sky Ride and the heart pumping Bungee Swing Plunge. You can also go root climbing and rappelling while in the ecopark.
Bohol is a beautiful province that has plenty to offer tourists, whether they are into extreme sports or just want to laze around on the beach. This popular destination has a bit of everything–glass-like waters, powdery white sand, amazing waterfalls, awe-inspiring landscapes, and cute little tarsiers that will keep you coming back for more.